Category: Politics

The Original Lie About Obamacare

“It was the ultimate troll,” as Michael Anne Kyle of Harvard Business School put it, “for Obama to pass Republican health reform.”

Today’s Republican Party has moved so far to the right that it no longer supports any plan that covers the uninsured. Of course, Republican leaders are not willing to say as much, because they know how unpopular that position is. Having run out of political ground, Ryan, McConnell and Trump have had to invent the notion of a socialistic Obamacare that they will repeal and replace with … something great! This morning they were also left to pretend that the Budget Office report was something less than a disaster.

Their approach to Obamacare has worked quite nicely for them, until now. Lying can be an effective political tactic. Believing your own alternative facts, however, is usually not so smart.”

The Original Lie About Obamacare
by David Leonhardt on The New York Times

What if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Had Swapped Genders?

“She pictured an actress playing Trump, replicating his words, gestures, body language, and tone verbatim, while an actor took on Clinton’s role in the same way. What would the experiment reveal about male and female communication styles, and the differing standards by which we unconsciously judge them?”

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Remarks by President Obama at Naturalization Ceremony

Former President Barack Obama, said it best. Thanks Ali for sharing:

“From the start, Africans were brought here in chains against their will, and then toiled under the whip. They also built America. A century ago, New York City shops displayed those signs, “No Irish Need Apply.” Catholics were targeted, their loyalty questioned — so much so that as recently as the 1950s and ‘60s, when JFK had to run, he had to convince people that his allegiance wasn’t primarily to the Pope.

Chinese immigrants faced persecution and vicious stereotypes, and were, for a time, even banned from entering America. During World War II, German and Italian residents were detained, and in one of the darkest chapters in our history, Japanese immigrants and even Japanese American citizens were forced from their homes and imprisoned in camps. We succumbed to fear. We betrayed not only our fellow Americans, but our deepest values. We betrayed these documents. It’s happened before.

And the biggest irony of course was — is that those who betrayed these values were themselves the children of immigrants. How quickly we forget. One generation passes, two generation passes, and suddenly we don’t remember where we came from. And we suggest that somehow there is “us” and there is “them,” not remembering we used to be “them.”

On days like today, we need to resolve never to repeat mistakes like that again. (Applause.) We must resolve to always speak out against hatred and bigotry in all of its forms — whether taunts against the child of an immigrant farmworker or threats against a Muslim shopkeeper. We are Americans. Standing up for each other is what the values enshrined in the documents in this room compels us to do -– especially when it’s hard. Especially when it’s not convenient. That’s when it counts. That’s when it matters — not when things are easy, but when things are hard.”

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A raw nerve

“That is why the attack in Kansas—and the lack of a response—has touched a raw nerve: If a well-educated, law-abiding, and legally-employed immigrant can’t work in the US without fearing for his life, who can?”

“The infuriating silence of Donald Trump over an Indian engineer’s murder in Kansas” on Fast Company

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Donald Trump’s Silence

“It has been three days since Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Alok Madasani, and Ian Grillot were shot in a terrorist attack by a man who shouted, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire. Three days. Three days that the Indian-American community has been in mourning. Three days that a young woman has been widowed. Three days that the two survivors have been healing. Three days that minorities everywhere have been living in fear.

And not one word from Donald Trump.”

“Donald Trump’s Silence” by Supriya Kelkar on The Huffington Post

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I like Ike

“Life at 1600″ on @TIMEMagUSA

” Truman imagined just how hard Eisenhower’s evolution would be. “He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen,” Truman observed. “Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army. He’ll find it very frustrating.” Or as Trump might put it in a tweet—“SAD!” “